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All About the Delta

From recent news articles to publications, maps and tours, Water Education Foundation has everything you need, including the award-winning Layperson’s Guide to the Delta.

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Water Field Trips

The Water Education Foundation’s tours offer participants a first-hand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources.

Water News You Need to Know

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: With Klamath bill uncertain, dam relicensing moves forward

The process to relicense the hydroelectric dam system on the Klamath River will likely move forward if Congress fails to act by the end of the year on historic settlement agreements to remove four of the dams.

Aquafornia news Jefferson Public Radio

Yurok call for better Scott River flows (with audio)

Fish can take a beating in drought years in Western rivers. 

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Five extreme weather patterns we are watching worldwide

As world leaders gather in Paris for the COP21 conference on climate change, the weather pattern worldwide happens to be entering into a pattern of extremes. 

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: U.S. military aims to improve water security, climate resilience

As global leaders meet in Paris this week to reach agreement on limiting carbon emissions, national and international security organizations are taking serious note of the risks water and the changing climate pose to water supply, global peace, and stability. Last month, a working group of researchers and U.S.

Online Water Encyclopedia

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Drought

Drought— an extended period of limited or no precipitation— is a fact of life in California and the West, with water resources following boom and-bust patterns.

No portion of the West has been immune to drought during the last century and drought occurs with much greater frequency in the West than in other regions of the country.

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Delta Smelt

The endangered Delta smelt is a 3-inch fish found only in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is considered especially sensitive because it lives just one year, has a limited diet and exists primarily in brackish waters (a mix of river-fed fresh and salty ocean waters that is typically found in coastal estuaries).

Along with other fish, smelt populations declined because of a combination of entrainment in pumping facilities, poor water quality, limited food supply, lack of habitat and nonnative species that compete for food.

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Important People in California Water History

Read about the history people who played a significant role in the water history of California.

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Delta Plan

The Delta Plan is a comprehensive management plan for the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta intended to help the state meet the coequal goals of water reliability and ecosystem restoration.

The Delta Stewardship Council, which oversees the Delta Plan, adopted a final version in May 2013 after three years of study and public meetings. Once completed, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan could be incorporated into the Delta Plan.

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